Ryanair to close bases after 737 Max delays

31 Jul 2019
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Ryanair has warned that it will be forced to cut the number of flights next summer and close some bases because of delays to deliveries of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft.

Budget carrier Ryanair has trimmed its summer 2020 growth rate from 7 percent to 3 percent and revealed plans to close some bases. It has blamed delays to deliveries of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft, saying it has revised next year’s summer schedule based on 30 incremental aircraft, rather than 58.

Europe’s largest low-cost airline has ordered 135 of the 737 Max 200 models, which remain grounded after two fatal crashes. Ryanair hopes to receive its first Max 200 aircraft sometime between January and February 2020.

The airline added that its full year traffic growth for the year to March 2021 will be cut from 162 million passengers to about 157 million.

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